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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nina M. Olesinski, PhD, RN (University of Illinois Hospital)
Description: This interesting new book on managing patients in crisis situations integrates advanced practice skills in a systematic approach.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide comprehensive information to meet the needs of patients in a life-threatening crisis, involving various systems, beginning with the initial diagnosis and continuing throughout the patient's recovery.
Audience: It is targeted especially for critical care and intermediate care practitioners. The contributors are credible in the area of critical care.
Features: The key feature of this book is the use of logos, which are graphic devices alerting the reader to key information. The book includes numerous illustrations, tables, and charts that further enhance the text. Although there is a list of suggested readings at the end of book, the text itself is unreferenced. An advanced skill test is provided at the end of the book.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for critical care and intermediate care practitioners. It integrates a systematic approach in providing comprehensive care throughout the acute and intermediate phases of crisis situations. The information in this book will enable critical care practitioners to become more comfortable with advanced practice issues in managing patients with life-threatening events.